Movement practitioners

Fany Bahchevanska – Movement Practitioner

Fany BahchevanskaFany‘s biggest passion is dance and movement. Fany enjoys working with people of different ages and with varied levels of mobility; all she likes to do is help and encourage people to move, feel and love their bodies, appreciate the present moment and what they have and feel good about themselves and others.

In the past 10 years, Fany has performed and led various dance workshops, music workshops, arts and craft workshops at different venues, concerts and festivals on the Isle of Wight, mainland England, France and Bulgaria. 

Alongside her passion for dance, Fany has been working in the community as a professional healthcare assistant and she is deeply steeped in care for the community.

Fany believes that dancing and movement are the primal forms of communication and are very deeply rooted in us. Depending on our mobility and with increase of our age, this dance could become less visual, however the movement of energy within still plays an important role for our wellbeing.

An Independent Arts movement session begins with a chair warm-up and breathing exercises. Fany incorporates the influence of yoga, tai chi and dance workout, and gradually, where personal mobility allows, the class builds to standing exercises. This is followed by dance routines with old classic favourites. When everyone is warmed up, Fany introduces props like colourful pom-poms, batons, stretching belts, parachutes, bells and tambourines.

Fany ends the session with cooling down and breathing exercises to relaxing music. Alongside having fun during the sessions, the participants get to enjoy the therapeutic and healing side of movement and dance.

 

Gemma Clarke – Yoga Practitioner

Gemma ClarkeI am a yoga teach specialising in spreading the yoga love by making it accessible to EVERYONE!

I studied yoga in India and have additional qualifications in using yoga with individuals with a visual and/or hearing impairment, individuals with learning difficulties and additional needs and vulnerable young people.

I love adapting classic yoga poses so that anyone and everyone can benefit from its gentle power and grounding effects.



 

Zarah Groves – SoundMoves

Zarah Groves

Music and movement from a musician and qualified dance and movement practitioner.

Zarah's background was in classical dance and she ran a ballet school on the island before moving to Scotland where she taught the piano to private students and ran keep fit classes to all age groups. Zarah has an Honours Degree in Music and the Arts and is now back on the island teaching the piano.
 
Zarah believes that the love of music and movement can benefit everyone. In her music workshops she can bring her keyboard to play familiar songs, light jazz and classical music for residents to join in with or to just listen to and relax.
 

Her movement workshops involve gentle and expressive chair-based movement that will exercise and stretch every part of the body whilst listening to great music from the musicals and the jazz era. Always winding down, at the end, with breathing exercises to relaxing music.
 
Zarah can combine a session to have both movement and music included.

 

Anne Osborn – Movement and Meditation

Anne OsbornAnne has a background in art and design, having trained in Graphic Design and Fine Art. She gained her Certificate of Education and started teaching in Adult Learning as an Art teacher, offering drawing and painting classes in local colleges and community settings. She went on to train as a Yoga & Meditation teacher and developed a deep interest in Mindfulness, which can help people cope better with stress, anxiety and depression.

Anne is passionate about wellbeing and is keen to offer a range of methods to help people feel better within themselves. During the recent lockdowns she extended her learning, training in Relaxation Therapy and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation.

She uses all these methods to help others release, relax and unwind, offering them a toolkit of methods they can use at home when they need them the most.

In a movement session Anne will play soothing music, offer calming breathing techniques, simple yoga movements to release tension and practical mindfulness methods that can help you stay calm wherever you are. She also like to incorporate creative activities, such as mindful drawing or colouring, writing a gratitude journal or simply expressing your feelings through shape and colour.

The aim is to leave you feeling calmer and more at ease and to go home with a useful method that will help you beyond the session.

 

 

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